The track and field program at Middlebury has been in existence since 1910. The team holds a full indoor track season in a brand-new state-of-the-art complex, Virtue Field House, while its spring season takes place on the scenic Dragone Track & Field Complex.
The Middlebury men’s and women’s teams both compete in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), regularly boasting NESCAC Champions. Both squads regularly qualify athletes for the NCAA Championships, including four individual national champions: Kristy Laramee ’01, a five-time (indoor/outdoor) national champion in the high jump, Bryan Black ’02 in the javelin, Khristoph Becker ’05 in the javelin and Alison Maxwell ’15 in the women’s indoor mile.
The 2018 Panther men's outdoor team won the NESCAC Champioship, becoming the first team in the program's history to claim the crown. The following year, the men made it two-straight conference titles while hosting the league championship in 2019.
The women’s indoor Distance Medley Relay team of Sophia Spring ’13, Juliet Ryan-Davis ’13, Kaitlyn Saldanha ’11 and Margo Cramer ’12 won the NCAA title in 2011. The following year, the indoor DMR team repeated, this time with Margo Cramer ’12, Rebecca Fanning ’12, Juliet Ryan-Davis ’13 and Addie Tousley ’13 comprising the team. At the indoor NCAA Championships in 2019, the Panther men's team Nathan Hill '20, Arden Coleman '20, Jimmy Martinez '19 and Jonathan Perlman '19 stopped the clock with a NCAA-winning time in the men's DMR.
Middlebury student-athletes benefit from both the professional competence of a quality coaching staff and outstanding facilities. The school hosted the 1996 ECAC Women’s Championships, the 1998 men’s Division III New England Championships, the 2001 Division III Women’s New England Championships. Middlebury was the host site for the 1997, 2007 and 2019 NESCAC Championships, and played host to the 2016 New England Division III Women’s Indoor Championships and 2018 New England Division III Men's Indoor Championships in its new field house.
At Middlebury, athletics is recognized as an important part of the educational process. Students repeatedly make their marks in national and regional competition on both a team and an individual basis. Panther athletes compete on an intercollegiate level in 12 different sports for both men and women.
A key to Middlebury’s successful athletic program has been its ability to attract top-notch scholar-athletes. In the past, young men and women have chosen Middlebury because of its excellent academic program, its geographic location and its special educational approach to athletics.